Is your education keeping you from being multilingual?

In a well-meaning opinion piece in James Madison University’s newspaper, The Breeze, sophomore Rachel Petty writes that after two months of living in Europe, “[t]he majority of European people [she’s] met speak at least (emphasis on the ‘at least’) three languages”. Petty chalks this up to European schools having curricula that favor language learning; the US…

Some unexpected career benefits of bilingualism

It seems like most people would choose to be multilingual if they could.  After all, in addition to making things like travel or impressing a date easier, speaking another – or many other – language(s) has also been found to change and improve certain brain functions, and even fight the effects of Alzheimer’s disease. And…

American Insight into Negotiating

A negotiation involves two parties coming together to discuss the terms of a transaction or agreement and ideally, reaching a consensus.  To negotiate successfully with someone from another culture or nationality, understanding the context that forms his or her negotiating style is important. Sometimes, to understand another, it’s best to examine and understand yourself first. …